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Patriots release Hernandez

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2013 – 10:31 am

In a move that apparently will be far swifter than the justice system, the New England Patriots have released TE Aaron Hernandez less than an hour after his arrest this morning by police in Massachusetts.

The team’s official website announced the move moments ago.

That leaves the Patriots passing game without two of their top five passing options from last season in Wes Welker (Denver) and Hernandez. It’s likely they’ll be without a third from that top five contingent in Rob Gronkowski, who recently had back surgery.

New England does have other tight ends in Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomawanui and Daniel Fells on the roster. Ballard is the only real pass catching option from that trio and does not possess nearly the athleticism of Hernandez.

The Bills open the season against the Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sept. 8.


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Report: Pats TE Hernandez won’t play

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2012 – 7:59 am

There are multiple reports that TE Aaron Hernandez will miss the Patriots second meeting with the Bills today.

Late Saturday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hernandez was unlikely to play today against the Bills. This morning NFL Network’s Albert Breer reporting from Gillette Stadium went a step further reporting on NFL AM that Hernandez “will not play today.”

Hernandez has dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of the season and re-aggravated it when he tried to return too early from the injury a few weeks ago. The athletic TE missed the first meeting with the Bills back in Week 4.


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Pats activate TE Shiancoe

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2012 – 5:44 pm

The Patriots announced today that TE Visanthe Shiancoe has been activated to the 53-man roster from the injured reserve list. He was placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return on Sept. 5.

Shiancoe, 32, signed with the Patriots as a free agent right before training camp. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound TE is a veteran of nine seasons with the New York Giants (2003-06) and Minnesota Vikings (2007-11).

With TE Aaron Hernandez still questionable as he tries to return from a persistent ankle injury, one wonders if the Shiancoe activation is an indication that Hernandez won’t play Sunday against the Bills. Hernandez missed the Patriots Week 4 meeting with the Bills due to the same ankle injury. Hernandez practiced on a limited basis all week.

Shiancoe is taking the roster spot of RB Brandon Bolden, who was suspended for four games late Friday by the NFL for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Bolden was already declared out for Sunday’s game due to a knee injury.


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Hernandez missed 1st meeting

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2011 – 3:21 pm

One thing to remember for Sunday’s Bills-Pats season finale is that New England’s high-powered offense didn’t have a key member healthy for the first meeting in Buffalo back in Week 3.

The Patriots were without Aaron Hernandez in that game, who was out with an injury. It was one less passing weapon for the Bills to worry about. Since he’s been back in New England’s lineup Chan Gailey has seen a noticeable difference.

“When he came back they started hitting full stride,” Gailey told Buffalobills.com. “He is a big part of what they do. They’ve got the three-headed monster so to speak right now, but those other guys will make plays if you don’t watch out for them too.”

Gailey is referring to Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski as the other two-thirds of his three-headed monster.


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Pats could be without TE

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2011 – 12:08 pm

The New England Patriots have made heavy use of their two young tight ends in the passing game the first two weeks of the season in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. But there’s a good chance they’re down one of those players for their Week 3 matchup with the Bills.

According to Boston Herald reporter Ian Rapoport, Hernandez has a sprained MCL, with a prognosis of 1-2 weeks, meaning he wouldn’t be available for Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While that would certainly help Buffalo to have one less tight end to worry about, Gronkowski has been a beast the first two weeks.

He’s got 10 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s first two ball games, and is the team’s leading scorer. Of course Buffalo’s Scott Chandler isn’t far off with seven catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns.


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Hernandez out for Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2010 – 10:18 am

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has been downgraded from questionable to out for today’s game against the Bills.

Hernandez was dealing with a hip injury all week and was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday. Fellow starters OL Dan Connolly (concussion), DL Mike Wright (concussion) and LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf) were also downgraded to out on Saturday.

DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder) and Myron Pryor (back) also did not make the trip to Buffalo for today’s game.

It leaves New England with just six defensive linemen for the game including Landon Cohen, who was just signed this week after the team released Louis Leonard.


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Hernandez, Branch miss again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2010 – 4:46 pm

Patriots rookie TE Aaron Hernandez missed a second straight day of practice due to a hip injury.

Hernandez had two touchdown catches in last week’s four-point Patriots’ win over Green Bay. He was also New England’s leading receiver in their Week 3 matchup with the Bills with six catches for 65 yards. Add in the absence of veteran WR Deion Branch, who also missed a second straight day of practice and New England’s receiving corps gets thin in a hurry.

“I’m feeling pretty good, pretty good,” said Branch Thursday.

Branch is listed with a knee injury.

Top pass rusher Tully Banta-Cain also missed practice for a second straight day with a groin injury.


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Don’t sleep on Pats TEs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2010 – 9:57 am

While Randy Moss and Wes Welker, deservedly get a great deal of the credit in New England’s passing attack, their two rookie tight ends are already making an impact.

Aaron Hernandez is almost like a tall receiver, while Rob Gronkowski is a more physical player that they use underneath and in the red zone.

“The way they can run the deep threat has really helped them a lot,” said Chan Gailey. “Hernandez I think had the longest play last week (46 yards). He’s really come on as a guy that can get down the field and make plays as he did in college. Both of those guys have been a big plus for their football team.”

Buffalo had their hands full with Jermichael Finley last week. It will bear watching to see how they approach the rookie tight end duo for New England on Sunday.


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Tight ends talked with Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2010 – 4:56 pm

Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham and Florida TE Aaron Hernandez just finished speaking with the media here at the NFL Combine and both confirmed that they have spoken with the Bills here in Indianapolis.

Gresham and Hernandez are considered among the top tight ends in the draft class. The reason NFL teams are usually interested in interviewing players is if they need a better gauge of their football IQ. Playing in spread attacks, Gresham and Hernandez didn’t have to run a lot of complex routes.

So NFL coaches will want to put them on the board and have them diagram things. Having not played at all last year, the interest in Gresham would be to see if he’s still sharp with football concepts.

Nevertheless with two of the top tight ends talking to Buffalo is interesting. Gresham is unlikely to be available in round two, but Hernandez could be there when the Bills pick 41st.


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